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If schools held teachers and administrators to the same expectations, there’d be a lot of job openings:

 In March, one student started fiddling with her device at the front of the class while in the middle of an acrobatic half-moon pose, MSNBC reports.

Although Van Ness didn’t say anything to the student, she did give a disapproving look. And the look didn’t go unnoticed.

“I’m sure my face said it all,” the 35-year-old teacher later wrote in a blog post. “Previously, I had been asked by management to just let the students do whatever they wanted.”

Facebook: Friend or Foe?

I know that you are tired of my on again off again relationship with Facebook.

It must be exhausting to read when I am happy with Facebook and when I am upset.

I am sure you are saying to yourself, “Pick a side!”

I’d love to. I really would, but there are simply too many things that are simultaneously frustrating and freeing about Facebook. Most recently, Facebook and I have been getting along because it has been streamlining the process of getting students to respond to choices for details pertaining to the trips that we are planning. I’ve been getting quick, helpful response and Facebook has been the tool that has made the process more manageable.

However, I have to take into account that it is summer and students have more free time to check our Facebook group and then I also have to consider the number of personal emails I have to send in addition to the Facebook for the middle schoolers who aren’t yet old enough to have a Facebook account and the high schoolers, who like me, don’t like Facebook and so refuse to have an account.

Wait a minute, Facebook hasn’t streamlined our process. We still are only getting a third responding to our Facebook posts, which isn’t better than the responses that we get from our weekly newsletter or mass emails. I have been duped.

Facebook with the little red 5 flashing in the top left corner has convinced me that my responses are good and quick and that they are doing me some favor, but they aren’t.

Disregard what I said earlier, Facebook and I are “not in a relationship” anymore!

Pinterest Ponderings

I can’t say that I’ve caught the wave of Pinterest pandemonium.

Maybe it’s the facebook posts repeating so many of the same things found on Pinterest that make me feel like I am already experiencing what it’s like or maybe it’s the suspicion that Pinterest, like Branded, is using woman for marketing research…well, actually it’s not a suspicion, I know companies are hiring women to work from home and post their products to Facebook and repin them….or maybe it’s the assumption that women, in particular, will fall for anything that I detect is an undertone of the whole concept.

Maybe, I am just too sensitive and read too much into everything.

But mainly it’s because every time that I go to the site to overcome my countercultural tendencies, I encounter something like this:

Sorry, Pinterest.

Not interested.

Is Facebook worth it?

There is much debate as to whether Facebook is worth the $38 shares that it is selling as of today.

So what is about this company that is so intriguing to potential investors? Certainly, it is interesting that a Social Media site, initially to just be a time waster, is bringing over $1 billion in profits every year. Not only that, but users are willingly sharing personal information about what they like and dislike, information marketers would love to get their hands on.

But more than that, Facebook shows that a college student can have an idea that makes billions of dollars and people who still believe that the American Dream is alive and real want to believe in this success story.

The problem with this story is that it wasn’t a rags to riches, but more about the elite students at elite schools setting themselves up to make money off of non-critical consumers. So as you Facebook post and read other people’s timelines today, think about the money that is being made off of you and your “friends.”

Connecting via Social Media

As Sam Harrelson and I gear up for our presentation on Saturday on Connecting via Social Media, we have both been confronted with the question, “Where do we begin?”

Do we start with the professional benefits that we have both experienced via Social Media? Do we tout the way that connecting to other professionals from across the country has expanded our understanding of educational trends?

Or do we take a different route and talk about the personal benefits that we have found reading blogs that recount other people’s journeys toward self-awareness and fulfilled lives?

I guess we have two days to figure that out!

Come and see what we decide!


Classy Vinny

I just attended Vinny O’Hare’s session at ASW12,which was incredible. Vinny is what is good about affiliate marketing. He’s 10 years of experience in the industry and could easy capitalize on the information that he has gleaned, up he chooses to share it to help other affiliates (even giving a take home suggestion to analyze your website).

I’ve been to teaching conferences were they share some information, but then if you want more details then you have to pay for unit plans and lesson plans rather than sharing to help fellow teachers.

Thanks, Vinny for being the real deal and showing a newcomer what it’s all about.

Teacher Marketers

My first marketing campaign started on the first day of school. “And Ms. Neely loves loves loves coffee and books.” I found that saying loves three times and quite dramatically increased the likelihood of receiving these lovely items for Christmas, teacher appreciation day or birthday.

I have to include a disclaimer here. I don’t know anything about effective marketing. (My museum of interesting teacher gifts is a testament to that!)

That having been said, I think marketing is more effective when there are two or three key ideas presented throughout the year.

So for instance, if I boiled my History 5 class down to two takeaways I wanted students to leave my class with, they would be

the importance of relevant, reliable resources

history doesn’t happen in isolation

What if we turned the tables? What if instead of being the target of so many marketing campaigns (boxed curriculum, standardized prep books, reward systems that offer students a free kids’ meal if they have perfect attendance), we began to market for ourselves? And what if that marketing were so successful that we started being asked to be the decision makers of our own profession?

Who are you really?

When you open yourself up to a call to ministry, you expose yourself. Part of the process is realizing and recognizing your weakness, your ill motivations and the way that you’ve hidden those so well from others.

You invite others to peer into the very heart of who you are.

I’ve heard the argument against blogging and other forms social media that it is too public. It exposes people to too much of your life. It does, but is that negative or do we need that check? To be open and honest about what you are going through invites others to do the same. It begs the question who are you really?

That’s the question I’m wrestling with now as I commit myself to ministry.

I’m inviting you into the heart of who I am or rather who I’m becoming.

So thank you for reading, for commenting, for wrestling with me.